Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Owners are proposing to tear down the eyesore.
A Windom eyesore may soon vanish, if all goes well for prospective developers the former Perkins building on the 6000 block of Nicollet when they come before Minneapolis' City Planning Commission on Jan. 7. The Minneapolis Perkins closed in 2011 when its parent company filed for bankruptcy. Goodwill Easter Seals is proposing to build a Goodwill store on the site of the restaurant and its two adjacent parking lots. The two-story building will entirely replace the ex-eatery, according to documents posted with the commision's agenda. A donations-processing facility will be located in the rear of the proposed building. Final plans aren't yet available, but a report by city planning staff states the entire Goodwill facility will be just …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Looking for decorating inspiration this season?
At a historic single-family home on the grounds of Bachman's flagship Minneapolis location, Twin Cities residents are invited to get a taste of "alpine chic" and find some inspiration for decorating their house this holiday season. Pictures of some of the rooms can be seen on the local decorating blog Itsy Bitsy and Pieces. Each room in the house is set up according to a different theme, to help spur your imagination. For example, the sunroom of 5936 Lyndale Avenue South is set up for a casual holiday party, and the den is done up in a homey, cabin-in-the-woods style. Every room has small seasonal touches that might inspire your own crafting. According to the company's website, if a visitor finds themselves particularly moved by an antler …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Incident left a large crater in the ground.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- James Sanna
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Calling its announcement a "respectful response in disagreement" with state regulators, Centerpoint Energy is disputing the contents of a state regulator's report on a massive 2011 natural gas explosion at the corner of 60th Street and Nicollet Avenue South. The Texas-based energy company said that its own investigation turned up evidence that water flowing underground had undermined its gas pipeline. State regulators at the Office of Pipeline Safety (MNOPS) had concluded that the leak leading to the explosion was caused by pipe fittings that hadn't been designed to handle the combined weight of the cars, asphalt, and soil atop the buried gas main. The March 2011 explosion tore an enormous crater in East 60th Street in front of Cub Foods, …
Monday, October 22, 2012
The March 2011 fire in front of Cub Foods sent flames hurtling into the sky
State investigators believe they know what caused a large explosion and fire in Windom on St. Patrick's Day last year, according to WCCO-TV. Poor construction, the station reports, was at fault, and had led to several leaks before the spectacular March 17, 2011 conflagration. In the middle of the morning commute on March 17, 2011, an underground pipeline ruptured near the intersection of Nicollet Avenue South and 60th Street. Burning natural gas surged skyward in a towering inferno that could be seen from many blocks away. Neighborhood resident Tom Meckey was driving on 54th Street when the explosion happened. "You heard a big boom and I looked to my right to see where it was coming from and you just saw this huge plume of flames in the …